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Noir - Hit List (Vol. 2) (2003)

Christine M. Auten , Victor Carsrud , Matt Greenfield , Kôichi Mashimo  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Christine M. Auten, Victor Carsrud, Mandy Clark, Melinda DeKay, Jason Douglas (IV)
  • Directors: Matt Greenfield, Kôichi Mashimo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008AOSO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,178 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Noir - Hit List (Vol. 2)" on IMDb

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The mysteries deepen as professional assassins Mireille Bouquet and Yuumura Kirika, now working together under the code name "NOIR", ply their chosen trade even as they search for the mysterious link that connects them. Is there someone out there who already knows? And if so, is it the same mysterious person-or people- who've been playing a deadly game of cat and mouse with them since they first met? Secrets wrap around secrets and the body count continues to rise in the second stunning volume of NOIR.

As Noir, paid assassins who have inherited the mystical designation "two maidens who govern death," Mireille and Kirika continue to search for information about the Soldats who are out to kill them. Screenwriter Ryoe Tsukimura mixes amnesia and executions into a portentious web, but fails to make these remorseless killers sympathetic. They casually dispatch a Middle Eastern revolutionary leader and an ex-KGB agent who's tried to atone for his crimes by feeding the poor. A gangland hit and the quest for an 18th century document forces Mireille to confront her past. In the two-part "Intoccabile," she's pitted against Silvana, the Mafia princess who terrified her as a child on Sicily. Director Kouichi Mashimo uses some scenes as often as six times in a 25-minute episode, which make the stories feel even more static and stilted. (Rated 15 and older: violence, grotesque imagery, alcohol and tobacco use, ethnic stereotypes) --Charles Solomon

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Assassins wrapped in a mystery. April 16, 2003
NOIR, in a nutshell, is about the lives of two sultry assassins in search of their identities. It is primarily an action melodrama with kick [...] music, exotic locations, and of course assassinations. NOIR is not Shakespeare, nor T.S. Elliot, but I find it a heck of a lot fun to watch.
We still have our two assassins wrapped inside their own individual mysteries though we do inch closer to an explanation of who they are and how they got so hard-boiled. NOIR episodes are primarily two act plays with the characters and situations carefully set up in the first act and the resolution of the problems therein taking place during the second act.
In the first DVD our two hired guns usually assassinated people of dubious intent or who just plain deserved it. That paradigm blurs a little here in this second DVD whereas a target in one of the episodes was not necessarily a bad man; but that is up for debate. As a result, this particular episode gave the characterizations and the plotline much more texture.
The dub is excellent with some very fine voice acting. The character design is very good, especially MireilleŐs hair which lays on her shoulders like structures rather than Òspiky massesÓ. Liner notes come with this DVD, which even explains the kind of guns the characters use such as the Beretta M1934, and a Walther P99. Other weapons are described as well if you are interested. It also contains some production notes too and more.
If you like anime with female centric characters with character appeal; rather than "fan service" flashing, this one is for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In this one the action heats up, and the mystery deepens. November 26, 2003
Mireille and Kirika are back as the team NOIR in the second DVD release. This one consisting of four episodes, instead of five this time. In the beginning episodes, Kirika hunts an old, expatriated Russian agent. The agent had a long history of evil deeds, but currently has been a tireless worker to aid refugees in the town. A pure white cat seems to have some symbolic ties with the target. Through Kirika's fascination with the cat, and other information observed by Mireille, we learn that Kirika has more feelings than she lets herself show.
The next episode is full of flashbacks, and mysterious spiritual messages, on the meaning of Noir, and the ties between the two women. In Japanese culture, I believe an invisible red thread connects two lovers, here a black thread is mentioned, as to be connecting two people, who share a common destiny.
The DVD ends with a two-part story that explores some of the fears, and childhood memories of Mireille's back in Corsica. Silvana, a heartless, and accomplished assassin is the target. There is some apprehension on Mireille's part, as she has a long standing fear of this woman, who apparently knows no fear herself. The body count really mounts with this one. The action scenes are artistic, and spectacular, as is the scenery. The other main theme of the two-part story is that Silvana holds a document, a contract originally put out on Mireille's own parents. Will it reveal something more about the people chasing NOIR from the shadows?
Once again the music seems appropriate, and spectacular for these episodes. I believe it serves as a substitute for the lack of comic, or other relief, contained in the dark tone of the series. It seems to convey a missing pulse in the two main characters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The shades grow darker April 13, 2003
By yosh
The follow-up to "Shades of Darkness" does not disappoint, as the plot continues to thicken as Kirika and Merielle continue their journey into the past. Although episodes 6~9 reveals very little about the mysterious Las Soldats, they do continue to focus on the psyche of our heroines. We learn a great more deal about Kirika and Merielle in these four episodes, as they both turn out to be more fragile than we have ever expected.
Kirika begins to show her true emotions as a human being, and the audience will learn that Merielle has her own fears in life as well. The seemingly invincible Noir will begin to struggle in the face of their new enemies, and for the first time the viewer will be swept by a sense of dreadful uncertainty. How will Kirika and Merielle overcome the deadly curse that has followed them ever since they met? You must see it for yourself.
Aside from the superb story-line, there are a couple of improvements in the series that will make "The Hit List" worth watching even for those that didn't like "Shades of Darkness":
1) Action -- Some have complained that the action sequences in the "Shades of Darkness" were not fluid enough and looked somewhat stilted at times. They will regret that they have ever made such remarks, as "The Hit List" has some of the most mind blowing gunfight sequences around. You will be glued to your seat as Kirika runs through the midnight forest amidst flying machine gun bullets.
2) Music -- Some have also complained that "Shades of Darkness" lacked in variety of music. A whole new array of compositions is introduced in "The Hit List," thanks again to Yuki Kajiura.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quel dolce souno.... de passati giorni.... April 2, 2003
This show is original and constantly surprises you. Ok, so it does get a bit predictable in the end, but what show doesn't? It's not your normal "Ouh, girls fight bad guys, lots of action"-show. This show actually has depth and a good plot to it.
But the constant flashbacks are a bit annoying, especially if you, like me, watch at least 3 episodes at every setting. It feels like the makers were trying to make the episodes longer by inserting flashbacks that we'd already seen before because of a lack of material.
Another thing that the show has going for it was the great score and lyricized songs. However, it's still a bit odd how every single character in the show spoke Japanese although the show took place in France and that most of the songs with lyrics had lyrics in Italian. But the songs are nonetheless great, Canta Per Me being the greatest. Too bad there isn't any Karaoke version of it out there. I'd love to be able to download it and sing it at my weekly school assembly.
All in all, this is a good show. Download it (the fansub), buy it or borrow it from friends. Great show, great characters, great music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The name of an ancient fate
Kirika and Mirielle are assassins for hire. They'll rub out anyone for enough money. Kirika has anmesia. All she recalls is the skills she has as an assassin. Read more
Published 23 months ago by KevinB
4.0 out of 5 stars Noir- they are mortal
Noir is an adventure series based around a French hit woman named Mireille and a Japanese school girl named Kirika. Read more
Published on March 8, 2009 by Graves
3.0 out of 5 stars Evil Bitch!!!
In Noir: Vol. 2 - Hit List, Mireille Bouquet and Kirika Yuumura are the duo that make up the international "assassin" known as Noir. Read more
Published on September 12, 2005 by L. Mintah
4.0 out of 5 stars And the beat goes on...
This Noir DVD starts out with filler, but ends with story. The first two episodes, while somewhat touching and action filled, don't really do much to move the story along, thou... Read more
Published on February 27, 2004 by Michael Valdivielso
5.0 out of 5 stars Noir is quite an unusual anime series
Kill or be Killed. Assassination is not an easy job even if it can be done with a single shot.
In Episode 6 - Lost Kitten, to Mireille, killing an old man is an easy job. Read more
Published on February 22, 2004 by Amazonian
3.0 out of 5 stars Recycled finesse gets a little boring...
Noir's second installment is a grab bag of boredom and intrigue. As many fans of anime have noticed, directors tend to strive for implied meaning and subtlety more so than... Read more
Published on June 6, 2003 by Scott Walldren
4.0 out of 5 stars Unraveling slowly...
This is the 2nd DVD of the Noir series, with four complete episodes.
As expected, the story is unraveled slowly as the series progresses. Read more
Published on May 28, 2003 by Jared
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than average "shoot-em-up"
The second volume of Noir shows me that this series is continuing to evolve into a deep, engrossing Anime drama; and that is a good sign. Read more
Published on May 25, 2003 by H. A Huffman
5.0 out of 5 stars I Know No Fear
The grisly adventures of Mirielle and Kirika continue. Four episodes on this DVD, and another riddle for your decoder glasses. Read more
Published on May 15, 2003 by Bryan Weber
1.0 out of 5 stars Not all it's advertised
You know, I tried... really tried, to get into this series. It came highly reccommended from a friend, but in the end, I couldn't get past the tenth episode. Read more
Published on May 3, 2003 by Jeremy J. Wilson
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